Cherry and Watermelon Granizada

25 Jul

So pretty, so good....

A granizada in Spain is rather like a granita in Italy, or a water ice elsewhere.  This drink was probably more the texture of a slushy sorbet, so didn´t know what to call it!

We had friends from the UK to stay for a week, and whilst eating and drinking we tried to balance out some of the inevitable excesses with plenty of fruit and salad.

To make this drink I whizzed up (with my stick blender in a jug) about 6 large ices cubes made from the slightly cooked pitted cherries I had prepared a couple of weeks ago for Cherry Jam with a large chunk of sweet watermelon (about a quarter of a small one) and a few leaves of mint.

Guess what colour my favourite summer tablecloth is?!

So easy, so fresh, and next time I´ll add a little cava as inspired by spicegirlfla and her Chilled Mixed Berry and Prosecco Soup.  Cheers!!

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41 Responses to “Cherry and Watermelon Granizada”

  1. florence and freddie July 25, 2011 at 12:03 #

    Hi Chica. This drink looks so refreshing. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards Florence x

  2. ambrosiana July 25, 2011 at 13:36 #

    What an amazing and refreshing drink!!! Love the idea of pairing watermelon with cherries!!! Your photos looks stunning!

  3. spicegirlfla July 25, 2011 at 13:58 #

    Mmmm… I’d love one of these right now! Nothing is more perfect than having a refreshing fruit drink in these hot summer days! The color is gorgeous, so rich. I love that you pared cherries with watermelon, I’d never have thought of that! Thanks for the mention!

    • chicaandaluza July 25, 2011 at 14:48 #

      You´re welcome, wish I´d thought of putting the cava in before I´d drunk it!

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 25, 2011 at 15:46 #

    You make such wonderful drinks!

  5. Eileen Dunlop July 25, 2011 at 16:02 #

    ooh How I am missing your cooking! Ex

  6. Rachel July 25, 2011 at 16:03 #

    Oh yes, please, may I have a tub of this? It looks wonderful… and we all need to stay hydrated, now don’t we? (grin) Mmmm!!

    • chicaandaluza July 25, 2011 at 17:15 #

      Just packing it up now…. 🙂

      • Rachel July 27, 2011 at 13:23 #

        I’d pay duty… Mmmm!

      • chicaandaluza July 27, 2011 at 17:13 #

        Definitely would be worth it 🙂

  7. thecompletecookbook July 25, 2011 at 16:52 #

    Oh YUMMY! What a fabulous healthy fresh drink.
    Stick blenders are the best! Not sure what we did before them.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza July 25, 2011 at 17:15 #

      Lots of elbow grease or a pestle and mortar I think! Much easier now 🙂

  8. TheDorsetFinca July 25, 2011 at 19:12 #

    I want one now! 🙂

  9. JamieAnne July 25, 2011 at 22:25 #

    This looks fruity and fresh. Yum.

  10. Karen July 25, 2011 at 22:35 #

    The color of the drink is just incredible. Your friends must have hated to leave…you make such wonderful sounding things.

    • chicaandaluza July 25, 2011 at 22:58 #

      It was a stunning colour and we tried for ages to come up with a better sounding name for the drink to match the colour! I think they were a little sad to go 😦

  11. Tandy July 26, 2011 at 09:03 #

    now I am missing summer 🙂

    • chicaandaluza July 26, 2011 at 13:22 #

      I´ll be saying the same when you´re enjoying it….!

  12. Cinnamin July 26, 2011 at 11:29 #

    Ooh this is simply gorgeous! Summer in a glass. Must try making a granita-type drink with some local fruit

    • chicaandaluza July 26, 2011 at 13:22 #

      You´re right – summer in a glass. Guess it would be good with mango pulp and lime perhaps?!

  13. AnaLuciaSilva July 26, 2011 at 23:44 #

    I have to give this a try ’cause it looks delicious 😉

  14. Jane-Anne Hobbs July 31, 2011 at 21:27 #

    What a lovely refreshing looking drink. Looks very healthy too!

    • chicaandaluza July 31, 2011 at 22:54 #

      It was so good and, I´m sure, bursting with vitamins! Thank you for visiting and commenting, most kind.

  15. ....RaeDi August 3, 2011 at 01:12 #

    Cherry, cherries, cannot get enough of the cherries, wait until you see my blog posts, am going to start posting as soon as I have caught up with all the reading….RaeDi

    • chicaandaluza August 3, 2011 at 09:15 #

      Am heading over to your blog in a moment as I see you´ve already posted some wonderful cherry recipes!

  16. Fired Up Cooking SA August 14, 2011 at 18:36 #

    What a lovely idea! I’ll try this in summer when our tropical fruits are in season – mango, litchi, etc. thanks, Chica 🙂

    • chicaandaluza August 15, 2011 at 10:25 #

      Think mango has to be my all time favourite fruit – an ice made with mango would be amazing. 🙂

  17. Promenade Claire June 21, 2012 at 12:14 #

    Refreshing and tasty! I just need it to warm up a bit now 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza June 21, 2012 at 15:16 #

      Yes, I slept with a big quilt and an extra blanket in London. Last night here in Spain it was a sheet which was thrown off in the night!

      • Promenade Claire June 21, 2012 at 16:19 #

        Guess who I just met at the taj mahal …… 🙂

  18. obatherbalpalingmurah August 28, 2015 at 06:25 #

    We had friends from the UK to stay for a week, and whilst eating and drinking we tried to balance out some of the inevitable excesses with plenty of fruit and salad

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